(FiveNation.com)- Earlier this month the National Pulse dug up a 2003 CSPAN interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci that reveals public animus for the lifetime bureaucrat is nothing new.
During this April 14, 2003 interview, a woman claiming to be a Durham, North Carolina physician called into the program and hammered Fauci over his handling of the SARS epidemic that struck that year.
The physician directly told Fauci that in the long time he had been at the NIH, it seemed that rather than improve our ability to control infectious diseases, things have only gotten worse. Then, getting to the nub of the matter, the physician asked Fauci if he didn’t think it was time for him to step down and let someone else take the reins.
And Fauci, deploying his trademark arrogance, merely laughs it off and says, “Actually, no.”
Throwback to 2003 when a CSPAN caller calls for Fauci to resign. pic.twitter.com/At8RqMwmT8
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) June 9, 2021
Fauci has been at the NIH since 1968. He has been serving as director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. Currently, Dr. Fauci is the highest paid federal employee out of all four million currently employed by the US Government.
And even going in to the COVID pandemic, Fauci’s track record has not been particularly stellar.
During the early days of the AIDS epidemic, Fauci falsely claimed that AIDS could be transmitted through casual contact. This set off a nationwide panic fueled by a breathless media. As a result, those infected with AIDS were even further stigmatized and marginalized over fears that simple proximity to them would infect others.
Nurses quit rather than treat HIV patients out of fear of contracting HIV through casual contact.
Schools especially became hot-spots for AIDS panic – with parents often pulling children out of school when news that an HIV-infected child was in attendance. Soon schools began barring children diagnosed with HIV rather than risk them coming in contact with the rest of the school population.
This was most tragically evident in the case of 13-year-old Ryan White, a hemophiliac who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion. When news of White’s AIDS diagnosis was revealed, his school barred him from attending for fear that his presence posed a risk to other students and teachers. His parents suffered from the panicked response as well. Ryan’s mother Jeanne White recounted how grocery store clerks would throw her change down on the counter rather than risk touching her hands.
In the end, Ryan White prevailed in court and was permitted to return to school. But the attacks against him and his family didn’t let up.
This is the record of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s tenure at the NIH. And, despite what Fauci may think, it is no laughing matter.